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Treatment of Neurologic Conditions & Movement Disorders in Lakeview, the Chicago Loop, and Glenview

Both physical therapy (PT) and occupational therapy (OT) play crucial roles in managing multiple sclerosis (MS), a chronic, progressive disease affecting the central nervous system. While there's no cure for MS, these therapies can significantly improve various aspects of the condition, leading to a better quality of life.

Physical Therapy for MS:

  • Addressing Symptoms: PT targets various MS symptoms, including:
    • Muscle weakness and spasticity: Strengthening exercises improve muscle function and manage spasticity, enhancing mobility and daily activities.
    • Balance and coordination problems: Balance training strengthens core muscles and improves coordination, reducing fall risk and enhancing confidence.
    • Pain: Manual therapy and modalities like heat/cold therapy can alleviate pain, improving comfort and participation in activities.
    • Fatigue: Appropriate exercise programs can manage fatigue and enhance energy levels for daily tasks.
  • Maintaining Mobility: PT interventions help individuals with MS maintain independence and mobility for as long as possible. This includes:
    • Gait training: Addressing abnormal walking patterns, using assistive devices if needed, to ensure safe and efficient walking.
    • Transfer training: Training individuals on safe and efficient ways to transfer between sitting, standing, and lying positions.
    • Adaptive equipment: Recommending and training on using adaptive equipment like canes, walkers, or wheelchairs to compensate for limitations.

Benefits of Physical Therapist Care for Patients with MS:

  • Improved strength, balance, and coordination
  • Reduced pain and spasticity
  • Enhanced mobility and functional independence
  • Increased energy levels and reduced fatigue
  • Improved quality of life and participation in desired activities

Occupational Therapist Care for Patients with MS:

  • Focuses on Daily Living: OT helps individuals with MS adapt their daily routines and environment to accommodate their changing abilities. This includes:
    • Assistive technology: Recommending and training on using adaptive devices like grab bars, reachers, or dressing aids to make daily tasks easier.
    • Home modifications: Suggesting modifications to the home environment, such as widening doorways or installing ramps, to improve accessibility and safety.
    • Energy conservation: Teaching strategies to manage fatigue and pace activities to optimize energy levels throughout the day.
    • Cognitive rehabilitation: Addressing cognitive impairments like memory or problem-solving difficulties that can impact daily life.

Benefits of Occupational Therapy for MS:

  • Increased independence and participation in daily activities
  • Improved safety and reduced risk of falls
  • Enhanced self-esteem and sense of control
  • More efficient use of energy and reduced fatigue
  • Better management of cognitive challenges

Who can benefit from PT and OT:

  • Anyone with MS, regardless of disease stage or severity.
  • Individuals experiencing specific symptoms or challenges with daily living.
  • People preparing for or recovering from MS-related surgeries.

Remember, physical and occupational therapy can be valuable partners in managing your MS and living a fulfilling life.

Please call (773) 665-9950 for more information or schedule an onsite or virtual appointment.

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